Saturday, September 19, 2009

Howard Dean says "people like Limbaugh, Beck and O'Reilly are not good human beings"

"Compassion is the basis of all morality” -Arthur Schopenhauer

I have seen Howard Dean over the years on television being interviewed and reluctantly I have developed an admiration for his intelligence and integrity. When he ran for president I was not a fan; although I never understood why his exuberant outburst caused his downfall, in-fact I understood where it came from. As of late I see him as the conscience of the democratic party. His book, "Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer", should be required reading for every American who thinks he knows what the health care debate is about. Dean is undoubtedly intelligent, moral and an expert when it comes to health care. His statement "people like Limbaugh, Beck and O'Reilly are not good human beings" echos loudly and has a ring of truth. They oppose every socially responsible issue that the Democrats support. There is NO position that the Democrats support that has any value to them, none. They are mean spirited and demigods who support a Right Wing agenda that supports corporate America agenda that exploits the the poor and middle class . They would see millions of Americans denied health care and die while they support a corporate health care system that harms the American people and no longer serves the need of the American people while they pander to the corporate interests that exploit the poor and disadvantaged.


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Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity appeal to the worst instincts in people, including their baser instincts and racism. Howard Dean says, "people like Limbaugh, Beck and O'Reilly are not good human beings". Mullin's World couldn't agree more.





45,000 people die every year due to lack of health care insurance, people being dropped due to cost or just being fucked by the health insurance industry.


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Bigoted Roy Blunt and Right Wing coded racist language, a Monkey Joke. This is politics at it's lowest and dirtiest.



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Friday, September 18, 2009

a 2º Centigrade increase, after that it is adios amigo, you can kiss your ass good bye, because that is the beginning of runaway warming.

"We are upsetting the atmosphere upon which all life depends. In the late 80s when I began to take climate change seriously, we referred to global warming as a "slowmotion catastrophe" one we expected to kick in perhaps generations later. Instead, the signs of change have accelerated alarmingly."
David Suzuki Environmentalist and Scientist


There is a lot of selfish self serving stupidity out there on the Republican Right, of course the Left has it share of stupidity and selfishness also. But at least the issues that the Left are concerned with address societies needs for survival and the need for social justice, not self-interested exploitation of the weakest in our society. The Right is seen as the party who serve the needs of the Banks, Health Insurance Industry, big Oil and Gas and Evangelical Right the party of God of James Dobson and his ilk. The conservative intellectuals have abandoned the Republican party of intolerance and greed and moved away from it's far right radical leanings. The Joe Wilson's of the world are Not it's intellectual elite. On the left the issues are Health Care, environment, Climate Change, Immigration reform, Gay Rights, Women's Rights and a woman's right to choose. These are not frivolous issues, they are issues that a great nation need address. These are not socialist ideas but humanistic issues.


Of all the issues facing us the news is not good on the climate change front. The climate is beginning to move rapidly and the changes needed are not occurring. Governments move too slowly and lack the will and courage to spend what must be spent to reverse the effects of climate change. Co2 emissions are at an all time high, methane which has been trapped for thousands of years is being released from the permafrost of Siberia and the arctic tundra and lakes at alarming rates. The climate changes are greatest at the poles and the cumulative effect is global warming. The threshold is a 2º Centigrade increase, after that it is adios amigo, you can kiss your ass good bye, because that is the beginning of runaway warming. We as a species face the greatest danger to our existence on the planet, and the Right doesn't help the situation with their heads up their collective butts denying anything is happening. All other issues pale by comparison. If we become extinct then all the issues previously mentioned become mute. We won't have to worry about the Banks, Health Insurance Industry, big Oil and Gas and Evangelical Right the party of God of James Dobson and his ilk. James Dobson and his ilk will be where they want to be, in their own racially pure paradise. All the corporate assholes will be sweating it out in hell trying and to get Dobson to do them a favor and get a pass from God.


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The Methane Bomb A Huffington Post Report

"Air temperatures in the Arctic (including northwest Canada, Siberia, Alaska and Greenland) have risen much faster than the global average. Since 1970, Pan-Arctic temperatures, they say, have increased more than 2.5 C (4.5 F). This summer the thaw reached deep into the Arctic's frozen soil at a rate of 4 centimeters (1.5 inches) a year.

Permafrost, the soil of the North's tundra remains frozen year-round and covers nearly 20% of all land. In the Arctic, it reaches depths between 160 to 2,000 feet. Entombed in that freezer is carbon -- plant and animal matter from past ages of the earth. Estimates of how much is out there are vague. There could be anywhere between 7.5 to 400 giga-tons of carbon in the permafrost.

Estimates are vague, but there could be anywhere between 500 to 10,000 giga-tons of methane hydrate throughout the Arctic. The danger is so severe that last week a World Wildlife Fund report named methane the globe's single biggest climate threat." See report


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Climate Crisis Sparks Radical Response

Commentary by Ryan King, special to mongabay.com

"The global political process to counter runaway climate change has become, for practical purposes, irrelevant. None of the currently proposed emissions reductions being seriously considered in policy making are appropriate to meet the severity of the situation. This overwhelming failure on the part of world governments is pushing the rapid unification of environmentalists, activists, scientists, and others to push for direct, immediate change.

Mainstream discussion in politics still revolves around the Kyoto Annex 1 (advanced industrial economies) creating 25-40% emissions reductions by 2020 when compared to a baseline from 1990, with the goal of stabilizing CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) at 450ppm. Climate science, however, indicates that this concentration would most likely lead to a temperature rise of more than 2 C, precipitating massive positive feedback loops of warming and leading to widespread environmental and social catastrophe." mongabay.com More...


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RECOMMENDED BOOK: The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus


"Tanenhaus argues that conservatism is dying today because the right has abandoned this whole apparatus from the ground up: politicians are forced to be ideological instead of practical, they have divorced themselves from rigorous thinkers and locked themselves in a media echo chamber, and scorn the very idea of government institutions as having relevance. Collectively, this has led conservatism to be irrelevant as a political or social force--it does not offer solutions to the problems Americans face. Moreover, it doesn't have the ability to state that there ARE problems Americans face. He notes that in their desperation to hand Obama a defeat on health care reform, conservatives risk marginalizing themselves for a generation as a party of obstructionists with no agenda of their own. He warns that Americans instinctively want both political AND social institutions to thrive and clearly want a strong civil society; the party that delivers these things will be the party in power." See the whole review

By Scott Chamberlain "Historian and archaeologist"


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Thursday, September 17, 2009

"The gang of six" assholes chaired by Baucus has produced a bill that is anathema to the needs of the American people.

"Betrayal, as a form of deception or dismissal of prior presumptions, is the breaking or violation of a presumptive social contract (trust, orconfidence) that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals, between organizations or between individuals and organizations. Often betrayal is the act of supporting a rival group, or it is a complete break from previously decided upon or presumed norms by one party from the others." http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/



The betrayal of a trust. "The gang of six" assholes chaired by Baucus has produced a bill that is anathema to the needs of the American people. It is a bill that is disingenuous and hypocritical. It does not serve the needs of the poor the uninsured and the middle class a middle class that is being squeezed from all ends. Baucus from Montana, an impoverished state with a low standard of living and a small population, is susceptible to the influence of the big health insurance companies; in Montana a little money goes a long way. He can be bought cheaply. The health insurance companies for a few million dollars have a lot of sway in Montana. It would take a lot more than a few million to sway Democrats from big population and wealthier states such as Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. Baucus is acting the part of the lacky of the health insurance industry. His nose is so far up their collective butts they think must he's a boil. He is not serving the needs of the people that put him in office and is a disgrace to the Democratic party. In truth he's as much a Democrat as Rush Limbaugh. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.V., the most knowledgeable man on health care in the senate following the death of Edward Kennedy, opposes Baucus and his proposal and Rockefeller lays out his objections. See below a report from www.alternet.org that list the five main reasons why this proposed bill is a waste of paper.


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Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.V., the most knowledgeable person in the Senate on health care said he will oppose the bill proposed by Baucus and his "imaginary bipartisanship by appointing a "Gang of Six" -- three uncompromising Republicans and two malleable Democrats (in addition to himself)" www.alternet.org

"1. No public option. Rockefeller urged that reporters not buy into the conventional wisdom that health care reform cannot pass if a public option is included in the final bill.

2. Nearly half of insured people will see no reform of their health-insurance policies -- no protection on pre-existing conditions, no cap on out-of-pocket expenditures. You heard that right.

Under the Baucus plan, the well-being of 46 percent of Americans will continue to be subject to lack of coverage for pre-existing conditions, they will continue to be dumped mid-illness by their insurance companies using the rescission process, and they will see no cap on their out-of-pocket expenditures.

That's because nearly half of the U.S. population, according to Rockefeller, receives its health insurance through large employers, who self-insure, and self-insured plans are exempt in the Baucus bill from the reform measures imposed on other private insurers.

3. The Baucus plan does not assure affordability, but penalizes those who can't afford health insurance and those who require high-level coverage.

The bill squeezes the middle class, mandating that everybody buy health insurance or face significant penalties when filing their tax returns (up to $950 per year for individuals and $3,800 per year for families).

But beyond that, Rockefeller explained, it will impose a 35 percent excise tax on companies that offer high-level coverage ($8,000 for singles, and $21,000 for families), even to workers in high-risk jobs, such as coal miners (a major constituency in Rockefeller‘s state), steel workers and workers in chemical plants -- people who, according to Rockefeller, "are doing about the most dangerous job[s] that could be done in America."

4. Medicaid, the existing public plan for poor people, will be compromised. Medicaid is a public plan in which the federal government and states share the financial burden. The Baucus plan introduces a concept called "Medicaid flexibility," which will offer states the ability to trim their Medicaid rolls and limit coverage, Rockefeller said, and squeeze the rolls of children enrolled in the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which Rockefeller co-authored.

5. Poor children get slammed. As if it's not enough to give governors the "flexibility" to "knock kids out of CHIP," as Rockefeller puts it, the State Children's Health Insurance Program will be decoupled from Medicaid and moved into a health-insurance exchange." www.alternet.org


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Obama cheered at College Park and Baucus booed.



More Hypocrites and shills for the health insurance companies,
"Mike Ross and Blanche Lincoln Democrats are hypocrites who care more for the health insurance companies profits than their own constituents and act like Republicans.
Blanche Lincoln says she opposes a public option because it's "too expensive." She doesn't mention that it will save individuals $2000 a year in medical costs.

Mike Ross says he opposes a public option because the people in his district don't want one. But a DailyKos/Research 2000 poll shows that a majority of Arkansas voters, and 80% of the state's Democrats, support a public option.

Meaningful healthcare reform has been a dream of the Democratic Party for generations. Lincoln and Ross need to be reminded that Democratic voters, not Blue Cross Blue Shield CEOs, are the ones who put them in office."
www.firedoglake.com










Keith Olbermann discusses Obama racism from the right.




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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

This is obscene. This bill is social pornography. We need a public option not criminalization of the poor.

“The poor are the only consistent altruists; they sell all they have and give it to the rich.”

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Is Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana out of his fucking mind. That son of a bitch is going to impose penalties on Americans who don't have the money to buy health coverage. "Individuals, however, would be fined up to $950 annually for failing to obtain coverage; families could be fined as much as $3,800." Why doesn't he just line them up against the wall, dad, mom, kids, grandma and the dog and shoot them when they can't buy health insurance. People need a choice not this bullshit. Baucus is dishonest and disingenuous, this would hurt people. How about the family where the husband makes $30,000 a year, with a wife a kid rent and food there is nothing left, and there are a lot of people making less. These people get fucked. Baucus is living on the moon. This bill will be a hardship on Americans but a windfall for Baucus' friends the health insurance companies. If the poor can't afford the coverage and you fine them money they can't pay, what do you do take away their home, garnish their miserly salary, put the bread winner in jail? That makes a lot of fucking sense, at least it does to that moron. This is obscene. This bill is social pornography. We need a public option not criminalization of the poor. This bill must fail, has to fail. Call your congressman, senators and demand that this bill be voted down.

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President Jimmy Carter talks about racism and the act of Joe Wilson. On Countdown with Keith Olbermann.



Meet the man who changed Glenn Beck's life
Cleon Skousen was a right-wing crank whom even conservatives despised. Then Beck discovered him. In reality, however, the so-called 912ers were summoned to D.C. by the man who changed Beck's life, and that helps explain why the movement is not the nonpartisan lovefest that Beck first sold on air with his trademark tears. Beck has created a massive meet-up for the disaffected, paranoid Palin-ite "death panel" wing of the GOP, those ideologues most susceptible to conspiracy theories and prone to latch on to eccentric distortions of fact in the name of opposing "socialism." In that, they are true disciples of the late W. Cleon Skousen, Beck's favorite writer and the author of the bible of the 9/12 movement, "The 5,000 Year Leap." A once-famous anti-communist "historian," Skousen was too extreme even for the conservative activists of the Goldwater era, but Glenn Beck has now rescued him from the remainder pile of history, and introduced him to a receptive new audience. By Alexander Zaitchi www.salon.com


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Do the naysayers want to risk it all, and if they are wrong what will they say? Oops.

I worry that effective corrective measures will not be instituted soon enough. Climate does not necessarily change gradually. The multiple factors that are now destabilizing the global climate system could cause it to jump abruptly out of its current state. At any time, the world could suddenly become much hotter or even much colder. Such a sudden, catastrophic change is the ultimate health risk-one that must be avoided at all costs.Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H.Instructor in Medicine Harvard Medical School

In this edition of Mullin's World we focus on Health Care reform and the environment, specifically climate change as a result of global warming. My conservative friends say there is no global warming and that health care reform is socialism and, my interpretation, not their words "I got mine so fuck everybody else". Needless to say I disagree with both positions. Heath Care in a nation like America should be a human right. It is clear to me that many people who oppose it don't really know what's at stake and don't know about the suffering of the American poor. The attached video of Wendell Potter, former Health Care executive, speaks volumes. To all those who say it's socialism; what if it were your kid and you were denied life saving care? It is not socialism it is social responsibility. We are now letting corporate executives make decisions on peoples lives based on the bottom all the while they charge exorbitant rates for the coverage that they will rip away when it is needed the most. Health insurance companies are not the peoples friends. Wake up America.

Climate change is causing global warming and the warming is causing more warming. What we have to understand is that: "Two degrees is where we trigger runaway climate change: two leads to three, three to four, four to five, five to six … by which time it’s about over for life on earth. We are not that far away and the clock is ticking. As the sign said at end of the movie On The Beach, when there was no one left alive on the planet "There's Still Time Brother" but not much. Are the naysayers willing to risk it all? And if they are wrong, what will they say? Oops. It's a small beautiful planet, spaceship earth, and it is running out of time.

"Real-life ‘Norma Rae’ dies of cancer after her health insurance refused to cover her medications." What the health Care industry does not want you to see.

“How in the world can it take so long to find out (whether they would cover the medicine or not) when it could be a matter of life or death,” she said. “It is almost like, in a way, committing murder.”Although Sutton eventually received the medication, the cancer had already taken a toll on her.


Major Insurance companies; Rescission means fucking people when they are most vulnerable.



Wendell Potter former health care executive whistle blower tells the truth about the Health Insurance Industry on Democracy Now.


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Arctic temperatures higher
Recently, scientists from Northern Arizona University reported in the journal Science that temperatures in the Arctic were now higher than at any time in the past 2,000 years. Ice sheets are disappearing at a dramatic rate, and these could have other, unexpected impacts on the planet’s geology.

According to Professor Mark Maslin of UCL, one is likely to be the release of the planet’s methane hydrate deposits. These ice-like deposits are found on the seabed and in the permafrost regions of Siberia and the far north.

“These permafrost deposits are now melting and releasing their methane,” said Maslin. “You can see the methane bubbling out of lakes in Siberia. And that is a concern, for the impact of methane in the atmosphere is considerable. It is 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.”

A build-up of permafrost methane in the atmosphere would produce a further jump in global warming and accelerate the process of climate change. Even more worrying, however, is the impact of rising sea temperatures on the far greater reserves of methane hydrates that are found on the sea floor. It was not just the warming of the sea that was the problem, added Maslin. As the ice around Greenland and Antarctica melted, sediments would pour off land masses and cliffs would crumble, triggering underwater landslides that would break open more hydrate reserves on the sea-bed. Again there would be a jump in global warming. “These are key issues that we will have to investigate over the next few years,” he said. More...
Robin McKie Deccan Herald



We were born to halt climate change
As Pete Postlethwaite’s character says in our film The Age of Stupid: “We wouldn’t be the first life form to wipe itself out. But what would be unique about us is that we did it knowingly.” And there’s the crux of it.

To maximise our chances of preventing runaway climate change, we must quickly and massively cut global emissions.

If this deal were to be accepted -- which is a very big if, given that Japan argues for 8%, Australia for 5% and the United States for between 0% and 6% -- and if the emission cuts were then carried out, which is an even bigger if, this would give us about a 50/50 chance of not hitting the dreaded 2°C.

Two degrees is where we trigger runaway climate change: two leads to three, three to four, four to five, five to six … by which time it’s about over for life on earth. In other words, our elected leaders are giving us -- at best -- a coin-flip chance of avoiding catastrophe. It is hard to imagine a more total failing of our political system.
FRANNY ARMSTRONG Mail and Guardian online

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Better no bill than a bad bill that only serves the corporate coffers and screws the taxpayer.

“I'm just deeply disappointed that once again we may have to settle for the lesser of two evils.”
Howard Dean


It appears from the direction of the conversation that according to Pelosi there will be a health bill of sorts, but no public option and no universal coverage; a failure only expands the revenue of public health insurance companies and works to their advantage, without meaningful change. It also leaves millions of Americans without coverage. If the democrats cannot deliver; it is better to see it go down to total defeat and lay that disaster at the feet of the Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats. A patch work of a little of this and a little of that will be far worse for the American people. Better no bill than a bad bill that only serves the corporate coffers and screws the taxpayer.
As with Medicare it took thirty years to get it, over the objections of the Republicans in congress. A watered down health care bill does no good for the American people and may be a greater economic drain on their wallets. The fact that the Democrats control the White House, Congress and the Senate and can't get this bill passed speaks to their lack of courage and gutlessness that defines them. This very behavior may showing the American people that the Democrats can't be trusted. The Republican Right is whooping it up at the spinelessness of the Democrats.


Keith Olbermann and Lawrence O'donnell discuss the failure of spineless Nancy Pelosi to get the public option

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Former Health Care executive turns health activist and tells the truth about the health care business.


The truth about the congressional complicity with the health care industry.



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Sunday, September 13, 2009

...the Republican Party has been reshaped from the party of Eisenhower and Buckley to the party of Jesus.

"I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you.I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good ... Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism."

RANDALL TERRY (Founder of Operation Rescue) Right Wing Christian activist.



The Republican Party, the party of family values and their Christian supporters, has been racked by scandal after scandal from Haggard's gay relationship to Senator Larry Craig's attempt to pick up an undercover cop in an airport bathroom and more. Slowly the moderates and liberal wing of the Republican party have been squeezed out by the more radical Right. Through the influence of Christian Right radio ministries, money and their vocal numbers, the Republican Party has been reshaped from the party of Eisenhower and Buckley to the party of Jesus.
The Republican Party is dominated by the religious Right evangelical movement of groups like James Dobson and his group Focus on the Family, and they are influenced by the writings of R. J. Rushdoony who wrote, "His alternatives are clear cut: either men and nations obey His laws, or God invokes the death penalty against them," who was supported by the wealth of Howard F. Ahmanson. Their vision of America is one of intolerance and racism. They are anti-gays, anti-intellectual, oppose racial equality, are opposed to woman's right to choose, and they are anti-democracy. They are supported by the right wing media, Fox (white man) News, and their pundits and right wing radio broadcasters such as the buffoon Rush Limbaugh. What the Christian far Right wants is to take over the American government and create an American theocracy where the 613 laws listed in the Book of Leviticus become the law of the land. If one thought that Muslim Sharia Law was harsh then the laws in Leviticus are even more severe. They see their movement as Reconstructionalist Theology.
The followers of the Right whose fears, resentments and racism is pandered to by the Republican politicians and right wing media come out en mass when they are directed to by their demigod leaders. These people are often less educated, poor, white and from rural communities and states with small populations and they are predominately evangelical christians. They are threatened by gains made by the black community, see illegal immigrants as competition for jobs and social services and are clinging to their social status as white Americans with "a divine mandate of racial superiority", threatened by the colored and immigrant poor. They immediately gravitated to such "intellectual luminaries" as Sarah Palin and mistrusted such staunch Republicans such as John McCain. George W. Bush was Their president and he most probably will go down as the worst president in the last hundred years, if not the stupidest. The current disrespect for the president by Rep. Joe Willson at the State of the Union is symptomatic of the disrespect and hatred for a black man in the White House; an intellectual and charismatic black man that has become a threat to their ideology. The Republican Party is now trying to resurrect it's flagging political fortunes on the backs of these people with the cry of family values and "keep government out of my health care", something which would benefit them greatly.

Dr Carol Gilligan criticizes James Dobson of the right wing Focus on The Family for his dishonest use of her work to support his discriminatory agenda.


"Indeed, as of June 30, 1.5 million homes had gone into foreclosure and 2.4 million are expected to foreclose by the end of the year. Thirteen million foreclosures are projected over the next five years. The crisis has also spread to prime loans-- they now represent 27 percent of foreclosed loans, "up from 17 percent during the comparable 2008 period,"according to McClatchy Newspapers. Nationwide, 23 percent of homeowners are now "under water" --owing more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. Meanwhile, only about 10 percent of homeowners eligible for relief under the Obama administration's anti-foreclosure plan have received help." More... TheNation




The GOP is out of control and supporting the far Right Wing fringe.


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